Going Green at The Office
0It doesn’t have to be Earth Day so you can engage in some fresh, creative ways to go green around the office. These seriously simple solutions would reduce your company’s carbon footprint and save the planet one step at a time.
Green Products to Buy
- Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. They don’t only cost cheaper than other national brands but also lessen the metal and plastic thrown in landfills.
- Post-Consumer Recycled Content (PCR) paper. Recycled papers have this bad rep on its quality. Not anymore! You can now get recycled papers that are just as bright as non-recycled and won’t get stuck in printers and copiers.
- Compact fluorescent bulbs. If you want outstanding efficiency -- up to 75% energy savings, switch from incandescent bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescents. These green fixtures deliver the same excellent natural light but last over 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Talk about significant cost savings that would have your boss’ two thumbs approval!
- Non-toxic green cleaning products. Because they are typically made with natural ingredients, it can be better for your health, those around you, and the overall well-being of our planet. Green products are also often packaged in recycled or biodegradable materials and offer bulk options to reduce waste. Research and read the labels of your green products, looking for words such as biodegradable, 100% recycled, certified organic, and green certified, to choose the ones that are right for you.
- Modular furniture. An environmentally efficient office design calls for modular components. If your office is scheduled for renovation, invest in modular furniture that are not only good for Mother Earth but are also stylish and functional.
- Other products from eco-friendly companies. Wouldn’t it be nice and (guilt-free!) to do business with companies that ensure their products do not disrupt the natural balance of nature? You can also opt to partner with companies that donate some of their profits to nature conservation.
Green Efforts to Try
- Use digital storage solutions. With just one 100 megabyte zip drive, all those files from your cabinets are tucked in safely and neatly. And just imagine all the papers you can save if you store them in CD-ROMs.
- Use power strips. Even if office equipment is turned off, they still suck up energy! By plugging them into a power strip, you can save up to 75 percent of electricity.
- Recycle. Don’t be one of those people who continually hasten the increase of landfills because of stuff that can be recycled. Use different bins for plastics, bottles, metals and other products. And then bring them over to recycling centres and you may even get your money back.
- If you are the owner of a company, why not transfer your employees’ salaries directly to their bank accounts instead of giving cheque to them?
- If you can avoid initially using it whenever possible, then good for you! But if not, set ‘double sided’ as the default setting on your printer.
- Bring it up a notch by going electronic instead of using hard copies – email correspondence, PowerPoint presentations for business meetings, e-subscriptions, etc.
- Replace paper towels with hand dryers in the bathrooms.
- Use reusable mugs and plates in the company kitchen.
One small step to going green might not make much of a difference but if more people will join the bandwagon, the positive benefits will multiply. So make it a personal conviction to help protect our environment one green effort at a time. Spread the word and influence others to adopt a greener lifestyle at home, at work and wherever you go!